(Forest City, N.C.)—State and local officials, along with Facebook management, today announced that the social networking leader is building a data center in Rutherford County. The $450 million Facebook facility will be near Forest City, North Carolina and is expected to create more than 250 construction jobs and be completed in 18 months. When complete, the data center is expected to employ between 35 and 45 full-time and contract workers.
Parker Poe represented the county in connection with the negotiations concerning:
- The sale of land;
- A land development agreement; and
- An economic development agreement.
In a news release statement, Gov. Bev Perdue said the Facebook investment will help confirm North Carolina’s distinction as a global business destination.
Facebook is the most recent technology company to announce construction of a data center in North Carolina. Other companies include Apple, Google and IBM.
“Today’s announcement is the result of the dedication of Rutherford County officials,” said Steve Hunting, a partner in Parker Poe's Economic Development practice group. “We’re pleased to have supported the county in its successful effort.”
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